Today in history: ANC and IFP peace talks called off

By Drum Digital
08 April 2015

The peace talks between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) were called off as a result of the ANC's ultimatum sent to State President F.W. de Kerk.

 8 April, 1991

In the ultimatum, the ANC demanded that De Klerk stop aiding and abetting the IFP in the ongoing feud with the ANC and its alliance partners, the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi was again angered by the ANC allegations that the IFP is backed by the security forces to kill ANC members. Buthelezi accused the ANC of putting the country on the brink of civil war and of aiming to wreck the negotiation process, setting the stage for an attempt to seize power.

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